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Operation Baker


Published 1967


US Army footage from Operation Baker of the 3rd BDE, 25th Infantry Division on 5/11/1967. Most of the silent footage shows foot soliders and tanks uneventfully on patrol. The latter part shows troops setting fire to civilian huts, shooting farm animals and putting Ace of Spades playing cards into the mouths of dead Viet Cong.

Originally shot on film, dubbed from 3/4" video from the National Archives College Park facility. National Archives Information Locator Control Number: NWDNM(m)-111-LC-51381


Sponsor US Army Audiovisual Center
Audio/Visual silent, color

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Summary: AV, beach and coastline. Soldiers take cover in prone positions and behind sand mounds as they come under heavy enemy fire. Flight of UH-1Ds come in for landing, raising a great deal of sand. Soldiers run across sandy field. Soldiers take cover behind embankment. Soldiers with a sentry dog move out across field. Soldiers run across sandy field. Soldiers enter jungle. Two M-48 tanks in position at tree line. Soldiers under cover in ditch. LSs, explosions and smoke in jungle from jet airstrike. M-48 tanks move forward. Soldier fires M-60 machine gun from ditch. Soldiers following behind tanks. Soldier and tanks. Tanks and soldiers pass through wrecked village. M-48 knocking over trees. Soldiers walk past burning hut. Soldier throws grenade into tunnel in village. Soldiers enter damaged village; pass burning hut. Woman and children in foreground. Burning hut. Soldiers stand in foreground. CUs, hot, sweating soldiers walking in the sand. Soldiers setting fire to huts. LS, huts burning. CUs, soldiers resting before moving out. Officer speaks on radio. LS, UH-1B copter attacking enemy positions. Hut burning as soldiers and a tank move past. Soldier behind M-48 tanks as they cross field. M-113 APC moves into position with M- 48s. Soldier speaks over radio. CUs, dirty, tired soldiers. M-48s followed by soldiers crossing sandy terrain. UH-1B flies over. Soldier shoots a water buffalo which was charging him. Group of women and children in village. Tanks and soldiers in wrecked village. Smoke pouring from tunnel. Officer uses a pistol to shoot a cow. Soldier at 50 caliber machine gun atop M-113 APC. M- 48 tanks and soldiers on the move. MSs, CUs, women and children in village. Soldiers and officers look at dead Vietcong. Soldier looks at captured Vietcong weapons. CU, dead Vietcong. Medic treats wounded soldier. Wounded soldier and officer look at dead Vietcong. MS, soldier puts the Ace of Spades in dead Vietcong's mouth. CU, card in dead Vietcong's mouth. Soldiers help wounded soldier to helicopter landing area. Soldiers check papers on body of Vietcong. He also has an Ace of Spades in his mouth.

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Reviewer: MaxHeadspace - - March 26, 2005
Subject: OK, but short on quality.
The film is poor quality, and B/W, but that gives it a certain antique aspect. Not a lot of action, but a few good clips to snip and use elsewhere (burning a village, shooting a water buffalo, sticking ace-of-spades cards in mouths of dead VC). This is US Army footage with no sound.
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